Manage, edit and creatively design holiday photos at home
It is time to start thinking about going back home when your holiday comes to an end. Your memory cards are full of beautiful holiday photos and your head is full of unforgettable memories of your time on holiday. Here are a couple of tips on how to save time when selecting and editing photos.
Sorting out travel photos regularly
A lot of people take several photos, which will never be put into any albums. Before taking a picture think about what it should look like when it is finished, this way you can avoid having too many pictures. Already having an idea about the photo composition can help you to save you time when taking pictures as well as when you are sorting through your photos. It is also a good idea to regularly delete photos. If you have a few minutes of free time whilst on holiday it is a good idea to delete photos, which you no longer like or have duplicates of. By doing so, you can free up storage space and make a rough pre-selection. Another trick is to create a “Top 15 folder” in which you save your 15 daily photos. By doing so, you can quickly and easily keep track of your best photos.
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Temporarily store your photos on a separate system
It can be frustrating when your favourite holiday photos go missing or are deleted due to a system error. To minimise the loss of photos, think about saving your photos regularly on a separate system. It is recommended to export the photos taken to a laptop every evening or directly upload them to the cloud. This way, you are well prepared in case your camera breaks or you lose your smartphone. As some DSLR cameras have a wireless network, this is the easiest way to transfer your photos not just to the cloud, but also to your smartphone.
Try to get into the daily habit of deleting photos and temporarily storing your photos on a separate system. It is recommended to do this before going to bed so that you do not forget any of these important steps.
Sorting through your photos on a computer
The best way to save time is to regularly sort through your photos. If you have roughly decided on which photos you would like, its best to put them in date order. This is a great way to organise your photos because you will have a chronological view of the photos you have taken. This is especially helpful if you have taken photos with different devices and you now want to merge both photo folders.
Make sure that all devices have the same time and date settings before going on holiday.
A lot of photos need to be edited afterwards either due to bad lighting or if you were not able to take a lot of camera accessories with you on holiday. On the internet you can find many fee-based and free programs for editing photos. For smartphones, there are a number of apps available, which allow you to edit and organise your photos. Once you have found a suitable program, you should initially examine and, if necessary, edit the following basic aspects.
Focusing on the essentials
The first step in picture editing should always be cropping the pictures. Focus on the important parts of the photo and cut out any parts, which you don’t want in it. If you properly crop your photos, you can then use photography techniques like the “rule of thirds”. In case the subject on your photo looks crooked, you need to align it with the horizon and by doing this you straighten the subject to achieve a harmonious effect.
Creating the right light
Photos taken in RAW format contain more information about the lighting situation of when the photo was taken, which makes it easier for the photographer to find the right type of lighting when editing the photos. If the photo is too dark, you can edit the brightness and the lighting on the photo. Be careful not to lose the contrast in the photo. If the photo is too lifeless, you should increase the contrast. Also, a change in the colour temperature and the white balance can make the colours in your photo look different. If a certain colour dominates your photo too much, you can manually adjust it by going into colour settings.
Skillfully re-sharpening pictures
If you save your photos in RAW format, your camera normally does not re-sharpen the images, but stores them with all the additional information. Things are different with photos in JPEG format. There, the photos are re-sharpened when they are saved. If your photo is out of focus or in RAW format, you should first look at your picture in the 1:1 view. Now try to find the right settings with the interplay of amount, radius, details and masking until you are satisfied with the result. Depending on which program you use, there may be different settings for the sharpness adjustment. Try them out to see which settings work best.
Please note that excessive sharpening will also increase the noise of your photo. Therefore, you should try to find a good balance between sharpness, contrast and light.
The right organisation and management of your holiday photos can be done quickly and easily if you regularly sort through and temporarily store your photos on a separate system. By doing so, you will have more time at home to edit your photos. When editing your photos always keep in mind the situation in which the photo was taken. This way, you will have a reference frame for editing and can rework your photos as realistically as possible.